by Angelica Pastrana
Cody Unser is an ambitious young woman who is rarely seen without her big smile. You would never be able to tell that when she was younger, she was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (TM), a neurological condition that injures the spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed and restrained to a wheelchair.
At the time of her diagnosis, her physicians had little information about this disease. To raise awareness about TM, she and her mother founded the Cody Unser First Step Foundation, The New Mexico based non-profit has provided support for those who also suffer from various forms of paralysis.
A large part of the foundation is devoted to helping those who are paralyzed to lead lives that resemble those they lead before paralysis. Prior to finding out she had TM, Cody enjoyed participating in water sports. Since her diagnosis, she has found scuba diving to be not only therapeutic, but essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She founded Cody’s Great Scuba Adventures, a branch off of her foundation that has helped paraplegics explore the positive neurological and physical effects of scuba diving. -More-
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